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BEA - Linux Community Endorses Apache Beehive

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BEA Announces Linux Community Endorses Apache Beehive

HP, Red Hat, JoNAS and Geronimo Endorse First Open-Source Application Framework for Building Service-Oriented Architectures and Enterprise Java Applications

Wellington, New Zealand—4 August, 2004—BEA Systems Inc., the world’s leading application infrastructure software company, today announced additional endorsements from the Linux community for Apache Beehive, the industry’s first cross-container, easy-to-use, open-source application framework designed for building service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and enterprise Java applications. Specifically, HP, Red Hat, JoNAS -- the open-source implementation by ObjectWeb of the J2EETM specification-- and Geronimo -- the J2EE server project of the Apache Software Foundation -- have endorsed Apache Beehive.

Introduced in May 2004, Apache Beehive, offers an open-source application framework, or runtime, which can complement integrated development environments (IDEs). Based on the runtime application framework in BEA WebLogic Workshop™, Apache Beehive is designed to be the industry’s first, easy-to-use, open source foundation for building enterprise Java and service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. Apache Beehive is designed to foster new innovations through industry-wide collaboration, ensure investment protection for both developer skills and applications and expand the community of Java developers.

“The support of Apache Beehive from within the open-source community validates the need to continue to expand the base of Java developers and drive further growth of the Java ecosystem,” said Michael Smith, Senior Technologist - Asia Pacific, BEA Systems.

“Apache Beehive is an important part of our goal to help position HP to better serve our customers at every stage of their lifecycle—from early development projects on entry-level platforms to full-scale, mission-critical enterprise deployments,” said Martin Fink, vice president Linux, HP. “This is yet another example of the strong partnership and shared vision we have with BEA. Working together, we can help to promote ease-of-use in enterprise computing and help customers to more easily realize the promise of the Adaptive Enterprise.”

“Red Hat is pleased to see BEA—one of our major platform partners—embrace open source so aggressively,” said Deb Woods, vice president of product management at Red Hat. “Apache Beehive is designed to help speed innovation by opening up key pieces of the stack to complement and enhance existing open components, like Tomcat working with BEA. Red Hat currently plans to include Beehive components in future product releases to help customers protect their existing Java investments while taking advantage of the flexibility and cost benefits of open source.”

“ObjectWeb leads open-source projects targeting infrastructure software and drives major community achievements, such as the delivery of JOnAS, one of the leading non-commercial J2EE application servers, the start up of the Web Tools Platform under the Eclipse umbrella and the development of open-source ESB solutions. In this context, we are very excited to work with BEA on establishing what we hope will become a preferred open-source framework for building SOA and enterprise Java applications,” said Christophe Ney, Executive Director, ObjectWeb Consortium.

“Apache Geronimo's growth and success has been possible in part through extensive collaboration with other open source projects, such as Apache Axis, ObjectWeb's HOWL, and the Spring container project. We look forward to collaboration with the Apache Beehive project to help provide Geronimo users with easy access to Beehive's technology for building SOAs,” said Geir Magnusson Jr., Apache Geronimo project chair. “As evidenced by our acceptance of Apache Beehive into the incubator, we see it as a significant step forward in helping to make Java enterprise application development easier, giving developers state-of-the-art innovations for any Java platform. We look forward to providing our users with access to Apache Beehive components in future versions of Geronimo”.

Apache Beehive is based on award-winning technology found in BEA WebLogic Workshop™, including Java annotations, Java Controls, Java Web services and Java Page Flows, designed to drive increased interoperability and developer productivity. Project Beehive leverages WebLogic Workshop Controls, reusable meta-data driven software components based on drag-and-drop technology designed to easily integrate into BEA and other software platforms. In addition, Beehive builds on BEA’s innovative Web services programming capabilities – now being standardized in the Java Community Process (JCP) under JSR-181 – that can allow for easier consumption and management of services, and page flows, which can help developers quickly and easily define and view page transitions between applications.

Pricing and Availability

Apache Beehive can be obtained from the Apache Software Foundation at http://incubator.apache.org/beehive/. Developers who want to start working with the Apache Beehive programming model in combination with an IDE immediately can download the free edition of BEA WebLogic Workshop without obligation at http://commerce.bea.com/index.jsp.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding: the availability, plans, delivery, goals, development, expected features, expected benefits and competitive position of the Apache Beehive project, products and technology (“Apache Beehive”); plans and intentions of Red Hat and Apache Geronimo to include Apache Beehive technology or products in their future products; and establishing Apache Beehive as a preferred open source framework. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties BEA faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen technical difficulties or software errors related to the final development and launch of any Apache Beehive products or related technologies; any technological or standards changes in the application infrastructure market which could make Apache Beehive less competitive or require feature changes in Apache Beehive products; any slowdown in the adoption by businesses of open source technologies, Internet technologies or related standards, and timing of investments by Red Hat and Apache Geronimo in their Apache Beehive related initiatives, products and technologies. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA’s 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2004 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

About BEA
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world’s leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation that allows thousands of companies to benefit from service-oriented architectures. With more than 15,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500, BEA and its WebLogic® and Tuxedo® brands are among the most trusted names in business.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 71 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at www.bea.com.

BEA, Tuxedo, and WebLogic are registered trademarks and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic JRockit, BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Express, BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA WebLogic Java Adapter for Mainframe, BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic, BEA eLink, and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security are trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be the subject of intellectual property rights reserved by third parties.


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